The cool, wet days of Fall create the perfect time to get cozy and quilty! Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet designed delightful Leaf and Turkey Blocks that are just right for the season. They’re charming, fun to make and lend themselves well to wall hangings, table runners, placemats, pillows and, of course, quilts. With Lori’s fabulous tips and hints, you’ll soon have a lovely stack of blocks stitched and ready to assemble into a Fall quilt project you’ll love.
Scrappy Leaf Block
Starting with a traditional Maple Leaf block, Lori used cheery fabrics to chase away the windy, rainy blues. The blocks are sewn using Lori’s super-great methods for Easy Corner Triangles and Half Square Triangles. You’ll find handy links to her technique tutorials in the Scrappy Leaf Block post. If the leaf stem looks intimidating, stick with Lori. She includes excellent instructions on how to use Easy Half-Square Triangles for that segment. You can never have too many HST tips, right?!
Not one to be stingy with her sharing, you’ll love the way Lori uses her smart phone (or tablet) and a mini design board to solve the mysteries of block planning we sometimes struggle with. Her methods for checking point direction, pleasing color combos and piecing layouts will make your quilting life refreshingly joyful. Quilting should make you smile and Lori’s charming Leaf and Turkey Blocks tutorials will do just that!
A mini design board is an amazingly clever idea! One of those “why didn’t I think of that” kind of things and I can hardly wait to make one. So, even if you don’t have a whole wall to devote to quilt designing, you can have a “quilters little helper” right next to you while you’re sewing or nearby on your cutting table. Thanks, Lori!
Click here for the Scrappy Leaf Block tutorial.
Tom Turkey Block
As Thanksgiving approached, imaginative Lori began to reminisce about the turkeys most of us made from leaves back in our grade school years. Using that warml memory for inspiration, she created a 12” Tom Turkey block based on the piecing used for the Scrappy Leaf Block. You can frame Tom with strips to make him any size you please. Such a clever girl!
Isn’t he gorgeous!? I’m just in love with this block and Lori’s step by step images and instructions are marvelous. Background fabric, a little red for the wattle and a stack of scrappy, happy squares are all you need. You’ll start with the Easy Corner Triangles, then follow Lori’s instructions for piecing Tom. Be sure to decide which way you want Tom to run before you actually stitch his pieces together. Tom’s skinny little legs are stitched on the sewing machine, but it would be fun to hand stitch them, too.
Click here for Lori’s Tom Turkey block tutorial.
Lori chose sweet, non-traditional colors and prints for uniquely styled Leaf and Turkey blocks, but as she says “you are the boss of your own quilt”! Consider leafy prints, dots, solids or batiks for your piecing. Follow Lori’s whimsical color lead or choose traditional browns, rusts and oranges. Use all turkey or all leaf blocks in your project, mix them up or combine them with solid or four patch blocks.
Ready to roll? Choose your fabrics, plan your cutting and get quilty. Lori describes both of her blocks as “easy-peasy” and you’re going to love making them. Go for it boss quilter, and most of all have enjoy your stitching!
About the Author
Annette Millard began sewing at the age of three, made her first dress at ten and is always happiest with needle, fabric and thread in her hands. Annette feels very privileged to have spent most of her work life in the sewing industry and loves teaching, making her own handmade wardrobe and writing about sewing. She spent over ten years as the newsletter and web site content writer for the Pacific Northwest's largest locally-owned family of fabric stores and is now thrilled to have the opportunity to share her passion for sewing with the Sewing Secrets community.